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Harry Nilsson’s Animated Film ‘The Point!’ Gets 50th Anniversary Digital Release

Harry Nilsson’s Animated Film ‘The Point!’ Gets 50th Anniversary Digital Release
A year before Harry Nilsson achieved commercial success with 1971’s Nilsson Schmilsson, the late singer-songwriter released The Point!, a whimsical concept album that tells the story of a round-headed boy named Oblio who lives in a Pointed Village. As you may have guessed, the rest of the residents have conical heads.

In honor of the album’s 50th anniversary, the animated film of the same name will get its first HD digital release on February 11th, 2020.

The animated film originally premiered in February 1971 on ABC, featuring narration by Ringo Starr
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Fantastic Fest 2019 Wave Two Movies: Knives Out, Color Out of Space, Parasite and More

Fantastic Fest 2019 Wave Two Movies: Knives Out, Color Out of Space, Parasite and More
Fantastic Fest is proud to announce its second wave of programming, led by a closing night screening of writer-director Rian Johnson's hotly anticipated new Lionsgate and Mrc mystery Knives Out. A tribute to the work of Agatha Christie, Knives Out stars Daniel Craig as debonair Detective Benoit Blanc, sent to investigate the death of a renowned crime novelist played by Christopher Plummer. Knives Out will be Fantastic Fest 2019's closing night film with Johnson in attendance for a special presentation at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX on Thursday, September 26th.

"Rian Johnson is a consistently thrilling and brilliant director whose work has enthralled Fantastic Fest audiences for the past 15 years," said Fantastic Fest Creative Director Evrim Ersoy. "The chance to close out the festival with his unique and ingenious murder mystery was too good an offer to pass up!"

Cannes Palme d'Or winner Parasite will also play
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Fantastic Fest 2019’s Second Wave of Programming Includes Knives Out, Parasite, Color Out Of Space, Vfw, Phil Tippett – Mad Dreams And Monsters

Following the first wave of programming's unveiling earlier this summer, Fantastic Fest was already a must-see experience for movie lovers, but its second wave of programming has put it at an even higher level of anticipation, with new additions to the lineup including Bong Joon-ho's Parasite, Richard Stanley's Color Out of Space, Joe Begos' Vfw, the documentary Phil Tippett - Mad Dreams and Monsters, and perhaps the most anticipated of all: the closing night movie, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out.

We have the full second wave of programming in the official press release below, and visit Fantastic Fest's website for more information.

Press Release: Austin, TX — August 20, 2019 —Fantastic Fest is proud to announce its second wave of programming, led by a closing night screening of writer-director Rian Johnson’s hotly anticipated new Lionsgate and Mrc mystery Knives Out. A tribute to the work of Agatha Christie, Knives Out
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Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Announces Fall 2019 Lineup of Lectures and Events

If you love horror and are anywhere La, London, or NYC area (or if there's a local event at a festival), you owe it to yourself to check out events from The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. Where else are you going to get in-depth discussions on vegetal horror or the role of corridors in gothic fiction and horror movies? We have the full fall semester lineup for all three locations, plus details on other special events and information on ticket sales:

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, the world’s longest-running educational organization devoted to the study of horror history, theory and production, is pleased to announce its Fall 2019 lineup of classes, led by some of the genre world’s most renowned critical, literary and filmmaking luminaries at all three of our branches.

In addition to Lisa Petrucci’s previously-announced class on exploitation pioneers Roberta Findlay and Doris Wishman,
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Production Underway on Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched, Feature Doc Debut of Director Kier-La Janisse

Our friends at Severin Films may be best known for their amazing cult home video releases of forgotten bizarro gems, but over the last several years they've had some sucess on the festival circuit with their original feature length documentaries as well. The first to make a big splash was Severin founder David Gregory's Lost Soul, an investigation into Richard Stanley's aborted Dr. Moreau feature. Since then they've produced a couple of others by Gregory including a Dark Shadows doc and the upcoming Fantasia premiere Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life and Ghastly Death of Al Adamson. Today Severin has announced the commencement of production on their latest doc, this time helmed by film programmer, curator, investigator, author, expert, appreciator, and all-around badass, Kier-La Janisse,...

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Horror Highlights: Etheria Film Night Honors Gale Anne Hurd, Head Count, Spirit Reckoning Casting Update

The incredible producer Gale Anne Hurd will be honored for her many accomplishments in film and television at this year's Etheria Film Night. Also in today's Highlights: Head Count trailer and release details and new casting details for Spirit Reckoning.

Etheria Film Night and Inspiration Award Details: "Etheria Film Night is proud to present the 2019 Official Lineup of Shorts on Saturday, June 29. Eight Short Films will be screened at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA followed by a Q&A with directors in attendance conducted by Rebekah McKendry (Blumhouse’s Shock Waves Podcast). The 2019 Inspiration Award will be presented to producer Gale Anne Hurd at the live ceremony by legendary filmmaker Roger Corman. The 2019 Stephanie Rothman Fellowship winner will be announced.

Etheria Film Night is the world’s most respected annual showcase of genre films directed by women for an audience including producers, managers, showrunners, distributors, and genre fans. Past
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The Dark Cinematic World of Clive Barker Films

When it comes to horror authors on film, people immediately think of Stephen King. The writing maestro has had almost all of his stories transposed to the big-screen, but he isn’t the only master of horror to see their work make the leap from book to film. My personal favourite is Clive Barker. Born in Liverpool, the author has a very different voice to that of King, his work is much more visceral and twisted. No topic is too taboo for him and several of his stories . It’s hard to find a Barker film with a certificate rating lower than eighteen, that’s how harrowing and blood-thirsty his tales can be. Barker’s work will take the centre stage in the last lecture in the Spring programme at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Stories.

Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, the Miskatonic
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Clive Barker Fans Will Not Want To Miss The Latest Miskatonic London Class

Clive Barker fans are in for a treat as the master of the macabre will be the focus of the latest Miskatonic Institute of Horror Stories class. Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is an international organisation that offers university-level history, theory and production masterclasses for people of all ages. It was founded by film writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse in March 2010, has regular branches in London, New York and L.A., and also presents special events worldwide.

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies closes out the Spring 2019 season with a deep dive into the works of horror visionary Clive Barker, focusing on his books, films, and reoccurring themes of sex, death, religion, and selling one’s soul. The event, ‘Hellbound Hearts: The Dark Art of Clive Barker’, is being held on 9th May at the Horse Hospital London.
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The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies’ New Advisory Board Includes Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, and Mick Garris

The Miskatonic Institute began forming an advisory board back in 2018 as the next step in the growth of the organization. Now, a number of creatives in the sci-fi and horror genre have been named official members, including Mick Garris, Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, and many others. Continue reading for more details on the advisory board as well as a look at the spring/summer list of classes.

"Founded in 2010 and named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is an international organization that offers university-level classes in horror history, theory and production, with branches in New York, London and Los Angeles, as well as hosting special events worldwide. Miskatonic is an endeavor through which established writers, directors, scholars and programmers/curators celebrate horror history and culture with a unique blend of enthusiasm and critical perspective, guided by a
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Blu-ray Review: Next Of Kin (1982)

It’s not that Australian horror hasn’t been worthy of talking about; it’s that availability has been wanting due to limited distribution and the ravages of time that crumble many a worthy release. But this is a new age, and I’m thankful that companies like Severin Films are around to revive top-notch efforts like Next of Kin (1982), a surreal and haunting Italian-flavored genre piece that more than earns a revival.

The story goes like this: Linda (Jacki Kerin – The River Kings) returns to Monteclare Retirement Home upon the death of her mother, who has left the entire property to Linda. Overwhelmed at the prospect of running such a huge operation, she leans on head nurse Connie (Gerda Nicolson – Gallipoli) and Dr. Barton (Alex Scott – Romper Stomper). Familiar faces from her childhood, they offer a guiding hand in Linda’s transition as she reacquaints herself with her old home,
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Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Announces New Advisory Board

As our friends at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies continue to grow and aspire to further the intellectual and studious side of the horror genre, their growth requires more collective brain braun.    It is important for any organization to be present for the genre's movements and it's reflections of currents in societal tides, yet still be reverent to its foundations. With its rise in power Miskatonic founder Kier-La Janisse began assembling an advisory board that will be consulted on the institute's operations. She has gathered as fine a collection of horror icons, writers, directors, producers, festival programmers & program directors, and horror enthusiasts as we will ever see.    With an ever increasing list of events and classes coming up, including the very...

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Blu-ray Review: Invasion Of The Blood Farmers (1972)

Ah yes, lightning in a bottle – that elusive moment when the stars align with the zeitgeist, where talent meets opportunity in the arts and a work is forever cherished through time. And then there’s Invasion of the Blood Farmers (1972), Ed Adlum’s magnum opus of killer druids draining the blood supply of a group of rural New Yorkers in search of the right host to resurrect their long dormant queen. But for fans of schlock and hilarity, Invasion is that lightning, and Severin Films has captured it with their beautiful Blu of this epic oddity.

The lightning starts with Cashbox magazine employee Ed Adlum raising money through his contacts to make a horror film. He raises $24,000, and he and fellow Cashbox-er Ed Kelleher set out to write the film with the title as inspiration. Except their plan for aliens becomes cost prohibitive, so they change it to druids, because
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Horror Highlights: Miskatonic La and NYC Events, Ghost Bait Revival

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Los Angeles and New York City both have two very intriguing events going on this week. Miskatonic La welcomes writer John Skipp tomorrow, March 14th, for a look at splatterpunk. Also in today's Highlights: Miskatonic NYC's Enchanting Technology event details and Ghost Bait's revival on the Travel Channel.

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - La's Splatterpunk Event Details: "The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - La Presents: In Your Face Till Your Face Comes Off: John Skipp On The History Of Splatterpunk, And The Triumph Of The Overt at the Philosophical Research Society March 14th!

In the 1980s, a handful of writers — Clive Barker, David J. Schow, Joe R. Lansdale, and John Skipp & Craig Spector — inadvertently kicked off a seismic shift in literary horror. Less a conscious revolution than a spontaneous eruption of the arts, these restless artists bucked against the constraints of conventional horror,
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February 26th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Willard (2003), Border, Mausoleum, Next Of Kin, The Possession Of Hannah Grace

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Before February draws to a close, we have one more batch of horror and sci-fi home media releases coming our way, including the Oscar-nominated Border, which this writer loved. There are also a ton of great cult titles that are finally getting their dues this week, including Mausoleum, Invasion of the Blood Farmers, Wacko, Next of Kin, and for all you classic sci-fi fans, Scream Factory is showing some love to The Mole People as well, and if you missed it in theaters, The Possession of Hannah Grace comes home on Tuesday, too.

Other Blu-ray and DVD releases for February 26th include Willard (2003), Party Line, Bullitt County, Atone, and Battle for the Lost Planet/Mutant War.

Border

Tina (Eva Melander) is a border guard who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. When she comes across a mysterious man (Eero Milonoff) with a smell that confounds her detection,
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Invasion Of The Blood Farmers (1972) Coming to Blu-ray This February from Severin Films

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"Therefore, we warn you: don't eat before you see Invasion of the Blood Farmers." That's one of the ominous lines spoken in the trailer for Invasion of the Blood Farmers, and if you missed this one on the drive-in screen back in the ’70s, Severin Films has you covered with their February 26th Blu-ray release of the 1972 horror film... just think twice about eating popcorn while you watch it.

Invasion of the Blood Farmers Blu-ray: "This item is a Pre-order with a Release Date of 2/26/19. Any additional items purchased alongside this one will not be shipped out until everything is in hand at our shipping facility.

The Invasion Of The Blood Bundle Includes Our Brand New Invasion Of The Blood Farmers Blu-ray, Limited Edition Patch, And 18X24 Poster Signed By The Director.

The Blu-ray is Region Free.

Please Note: The Patch Photo Is A Mock Up. The Signed Poster Comes Rolled In A Tube.
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The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies Announces Spring 2019 Schedule for New York City, Los Angeles, and London

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Undoubtedly one of the most fascinating live events Daily Dead attended in 2018 was Heather Buckley's career-spanning conversation with Michael Ironside, which was co-presented by The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and Spectacular Optical, so we're already marking our calendars for next year now that The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies has announced its spring 2019 global schedule that's once again brimming with insightful classes on a wide range of horror-related figures and subjects, including Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, splatterpunk, and made-for-tv horror movies.

Below, we have the official press release with full details on The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies' 2019 schedule, and be sure to visit their website for additional information.

Press Release: The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, the world’s longest-running educational organization devoted to the study of horror history, theory and production, is pleased to announce its Spring 2019 lineup of classes, led by some of the genre world’s most renowned critical,
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Horror Highlights: The Demonologist, Mile High Horror Film Festival 2020, Focus On: The Murder Set Piece and The Frequency Of Fear at The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies

The Mile High Horror Film Festival will return on May 7th, 2020, at the Alamo Drafthouse in Colorado, just in time to celebrate its 10th anniversary! Continue reading for details on programming. Also in today's Horror Highlights: The Frequency of Fear: The Power and the Glory of the Motion Picture Soundtrack class at The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - NYC, The Demonologist release details, and Focus On: The Murder Set Piece at The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - La.

Mile High Horror Film Festival 2020 Announced: "The Mile High Horror Film Festival is announcing its return for May 7-10th, 2020 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton, Colorado. For eager fans, you won’t have to wait that long. The Mhhff will be hosting single events throughout the coming year.

“We took a brief pause in our programming, but the demand for our return is incredible,” says Mhhff founder Timothy Schultz.
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Horror Highlights: The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London Presents: Roads To Hell: The Highway Horror Film, Suspiria Makeup Featurette, Agramon’S Gate

Drive on the highway to Hell with the latest event from The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies in London as author Bernice M. Murphy breaks down the importance of horror films set around highways, including Psycho (1960) and Southbound (2015). Also: a look at a makeup featurette for the new Suspiria and release details for Snowflake and Agramon's Gate.

Roads to Hell: The Highway Horror Film Event Details: "The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - London takes a trip through the cinematic history, cultural importance, and significance of the 'Highway Horror Film' using landmark films from Psycho (1960) to Southbound (2015) with celebrated academic and author Bernice M. Murphy.

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This class will introduce students to the ‘Highway Horror Film,’ an overlooked sub-genre of the wider American horror tradition which articulates profound unease about the transitory nature of modern American life, as well as the wider impact of mass automobility. The post-
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AMC’s ‘FearFest’ Continues And The Countdown Is On For Rick Grimes Final Episodes Of ‘The Walking Dead’

The Walking Dead” season nine continues on Sunday, October 28th at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt. On the all-new episode, “The Obliged,” Rick’s vision of a civilized future is threatened by a sudden reckoning with past sins that remain unavenged and unforgiven. The episode is written by Geraldine Inoa and directed by Rosemary Rodriguez.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” reigns as television’s most watched drama for Adults 18-49. “The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, and follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series is executive produced by showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.

Following the episode, viewers can catch
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Fantastic Fest Reborn: One Year After Scandal and Heartbreak, a Beloved Genre Festival Is Working to Rebuild

Fantastic Fest Reborn: One Year After Scandal and Heartbreak, a Beloved Genre Festival Is Working to Rebuild
For a dozen years, Fantastic Fest reigned supreme as the most exciting gathering for genre movie fans in America. The Austin-based film festival, one of the flagship events of the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain, combined its party-loving environment with an expansive approach to genre fandom, launching everything from “The Human Centipede” to “There Will Be Blood.” Fantastic Fest became a breeding ground for hardcore acolytes of horror, sci-fi, and other outré forms of storytelling from around the world, cultivating a devout community in the process.

Then, in 2017 — months before the #MeToo movement and the revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual assault — Fantastic Fest became one of the first movie-world institutions to face the repercussions of harboring guilty parties and neglecting victim complaints. A year later, Fantastic Fest is underway with new plans to address its previous shortcomings, and eager sold-out crowds, but it’s still grappling with the
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